Biosciences

  • Top 10 for Zoology in the National Student Survey 2016
  • Top 10 in the UK for Biosciences in The Guardian University Guide 2017
  • Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • Excellent facilities with a £25 million investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and platform technologies
  • The current value of ongoing research within Biosciences is more than £40 million funded from research councils, charities, UK government, the EU Commission, and industrial companies
  • Research regularly published in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • High quality research supervision to develop and nurture the scientific potential of all graduates

The University of Exeter is committed to excellence in Biosciences research. We are a strong and strategically smart academic community. As a world-leading research centre, we combine ground-breaking studies and the pursuit of knowledge with high-quality teaching, reinforced by state-of-the-art facilities, and excellent academic support.

Our research ranges from fundamental studies of how biological molecules function, to developing an understanding of how organisms interact with one another and within the ecosystems they occupy. We take full advantage of the attributes of our location in the South West as a unique environment in which to undertake environmental, ecological and conservation studies.

Underlying our cutting-edge research activities is a commitment to making the outcomes of our research beneficial and accessible to key stakeholders including our students, the wider academic community and the public.

Our investment in research

Biosciences excellence at the University of Exeter is underpinned by significant investment in our research. We have created distinct research groupings while continuing to foster interdisciplinary research across the University, and beyond. Biosciences plays a central role in two of the University of Exeter’s interdisciplinary science research themes, climate change and sustainable futures and systems biology, which are highly relevant to tackling 21st century global challenges and affect people globally; our world-leading research aims to help tackle the issues involved in these areas by using an interdisciplinary approach, combining researchers’ skills across the University.

Research groups

Our research groups reflect the interests and expertise of our staff. This approach ensures that we are able to optimise the knowledge of our academic experts and take full advantage of our cutting-edge facilities and equipment. Our activities are spread across the Streatham Campus in Exeter and the Penryn Campus in Cornwall, which is home to the £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI).

"I love my PhD"

PhD student Nicole Goodey tells us about her research and why she loves her PhD. View full size.

"I love my PhD"

PhD student Nicola Perera tells us about her research and why she loves her PhD. View full size.